Courses & Units

Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Practice CNA770


This unit is designed to be experiential and practice focussed. The unit develops a nurse who is able to assess, plan and prioritise management of the critically ill patient applying the theoretical constructs related to Interpreting patient deterioration.


Unit name Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA770
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Farida Saghafi
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Prioritise critically ill patients care using data from integrated clinical assessment and monitoring.
  • Reflect on and justify decision-making process in clinical practice considering nursing in collaborative and time critical environments when caring for critically ill patients.
  • Apply problem solving and professional approaches in the specialist area of practice.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (my learning online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentClinical Practice Profile (50%)|Online Discussion and Summary Paper (50%)
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  1. Aitken, L, Marshall, A & Chaboyer, W (eds) 2019, Critical Care Nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood
  2. Cairo, J (ed) 2020, Pilbeam’s Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Applications, 7th edn, Mosby Elsevier, USA
RecommendedThese journals will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit:


  1. Australian Critical Care Journal, Official Journal of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
  2. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal
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